South Sudan Looting of Aid Reflects the New Nation’s Setbacks

Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2014

The looters came by the thousands. They were organized, systematic and took their time.

At two World Food Program warehouses in this dusty South Sudanese town, they opened thousands of USAID cans of vegetable oil and poured the contents into stolen jerry cans. They ripped open packets of high-nutrition food and took the contents. They stole computers, light fittings, fans and roof tiles, and even cut away the canvas from storage tents.

The food they took—1,700 tons in all—would have fed more than 100,000 families for a month.

Left scattered in the dust Friday were family ration cards, the empty oil cans—marked “Not to be sold or exchanged”—and a measuring tape used to assess extreme malnutrition in young children.

The debris conveyed the despair over just how much has gone wrong in the world’s newest country and how quickly it all unraveled. Not only is South Sudan back to square one, but the humanitarian agencies that have pumped billions of dollars in aid into the region over the decades are back there with it.

More than 860,000 South Sudanese fled their homes when violence flared in December between forces loyal to the president and those backing his former vice president, splitting the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and unleashing what human rights observers have described as horrific ethnic killings.

Fighting has continued in Jonglei, Unity and Lakes states, despite a deal signed Jan. 23 to cease hostilities. {snip}

The conflict has left about 3.7 million people in need of basic food assistance, setting back the once-ambitious plans of aid agencies for the 2-year-old nation.

The World Food Program, the food aid arm of the United Nations, in November proposed moving the country from emergency assistance to longer-term projects, such as irrigation works, designed to improve food security, officials said.


WFP officials said residents as well as government and rebel soldiers were involved in the looting. There were reports that two drivers for humanitarian agencies also took part.

“There were people with donkey carts loading it up and taking it away. There were women carrying it on their heads,” said a WFP official, who requested anonymity for security reasons. “It was everybody.”

Looting of WFP warehouses has been reported in other states as well. Overall, an estimated 4,300 tons of food has been stolen nationwide.


South Sudan’s short history has been plagued by trouble, including the theft of $4 billion from government coffers—for which President Salva Kiir blames his enemies in the ruling party—and a bitter conflict over oil transit levies with Sudan, which led Kiir to shut down production for more than a year, even though his country depends on oil revenue for 98% of its budget.


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  • John Frum

    I don’t think I could be less interested about the fate of these wretched people.

    • So CAL Snowman

      If only they could come to the great USA and join your cult. Then they would be showered by magic riches.

    • sbuffalonative

      Money and aid to Africans can’t help Africans because money and aid CAN’T CHANGE BEHAVIOR.

    • Triarius

      I disagree, I am very interested in their fate. Just not the way liberals are.

  • Sharps Rifle

    Sounds like every stinking Sudanese I ever met.

    • 1stworlder

      ” organized, systematic and took their time” might be the smartest blacks on the planet.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Who cares what happens to them? I support White causes. As far as I’m concerned the world would be better off if they destroy themselves.

    • Erasmus

      Agreed. I’m never giving another dime to any foreign mission working in Africa or Latin America. But, I would be happy to send aid to help the Afrikaners, people worth saving.

      • Alexandra1973

        I don’t mind supporting foreign missions so long as Africans stay in Africa.

        (Of course Afrikaners are welcome here.)

    • foundingstockcracker

      I’ve sent them money at Christmas. Harland Co. area. Also a food bank in so. ea. Ohio. Kindred spirit in you’re thinking Katherine.

  • It doesn’t reflect anything other than the fact that it’s a typical black African country.

    • sbuffalonative

      I’ve said it before, it doesn’t matter if it’s Haiti or Detroit, African behavior is universal.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Genocide is a money making industry in subSaharan Afreaka.
    Slaughter a few useless darkies, watch the stupid Whites cry them a river and send the bling! Chop off a few kids’ arms and legs, take a snap, watch stupid whitey boo hoo and bleed da green.
    Oh, and if they don’t cough it up willingly, watch their treacherous “leaders” (concentration camp administrators) FORCE them to cough up the green in the form of tax revenues gibsed away without their permission!
    White Genocide, the many faces!

  • Truthseeker

    The only way Africans countries will ever be functional is if white people colonize them and run the show. However, that would be culturally imperialistic as well as a waste of time, so we needn’t bother. Stop sending aid and let Darwinism take its course with these people. If a large portion of their population is reduced, well, let’s just say humanity could suffer much greater losses.

    • IstvanIN

      Why not let nature run its course and then stake out our own, native-free territories after they have eaten themselves?

      • So CAL Snowman

        Survival of the fittest. Liberals say they are into science, but they really aren’t.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        It could work, as long as the whites who moved there were dedicated to serious border security. If you take empty land and fill it with whites, blacks will come rushing in en masse from elsewhere hoping to get some gibs me dat from naive white liberals.

  • bigone4u

    The law of the jungle applies. The strongest, swiftest, and most violent will survive. The rest will perish. That’s true in Africa and Detroit. White bleeding hearts should butt out and let nature take its course.

    • IstvanIN

      Except we interfere in evolution and save the “human” equivalent of roaches, pigeons and rats.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        This is because of a very peculiar phenomenon known as “collective white guilt”, one of the major symptoms of white pathological altruism. This guilt is transmitted biologically from generation to generation, much like original sin. Because of the atrocities perpetrated by whites against non-whites during colonialism, whites bear collective responsibility for the sufferings of non-whites and must mass immigrate them to their own countries and give them unlimited amounts of foreign aid, or so the story goes.

        This, of course, ignores the fact that non-whites, such as the Muslims and the Golden Horde, colonized large areas of Europe and committed many atrocities against whites. It also ignores the fact that there is no such thing as collective responsibility because groups are not capable of intentionality and are therefore not moral agents. People cannot be held responsible for the actions of their ancestors for the obvious reason that they weren’t there when such atrocities were being committed.

  • Spartacus

    Stop feeding them !

  • IstvanIN

    1) Lace the food with sterilizing agents. No more baby-daddies.

    2) Let the women and children starve. Feeding them is like feeding roaches.

    • Spartacus

      I agree with the sterilizing agents, but can’t we mix it with finely powdered glass instead ?

      • IstvanIN

        Do they need more roughage in their diet?

  • 1stworlder

    “The looters came by the thousands. They were organized, systematic and took their time.”
    And you thought that people who say their pets are smart made big assumptions.

  • JohnEngelman

    Those people cannot govern themselves. The more we feed in one generation the more will go hungry in the next generation, unless we feed them again.

    • RisingReich

      Stop feeding the critters and you will have less of them.

    • WR_the_realist

      Here in NH we have the good sense not to feed the bears. We don’t hate bears, we just know that nothing good happens if bears start equating people with food. When are we going to get some sense about not feeding the blacks?

  • Irishgirl

    So the World Food Program “proposed moving the country from emergency assistance to longer-term projects, such as irrigation works”

    Why? So the locals can dig up the irrigation pipes to sell as scrap metal? These people are incapable of long-term planning.

    • Extropico

      Indeed. They’ll need to hire armed mercenaries to protect the pipelines. Take a look at the security necessary in Nigeria’s oil industry, for example.

  • RisingReich

    Just another demonstration that we are WASTING OUR TIME AND MONEY sending ‘aid’ to any majority black Nation.

    On the bright side – they are starving their own which makes me smile. Another demonstration of how ‘civil’ they can be. HA!

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  • Extropico

    Until they learn to control their population level, any amount of aid to Africa is a feckless, Sisyphean boondoggle.

    • JohnEngelman

      KPFA is a left wing radio station broadcast out of Berkeley, California. Years ago on one of their programs a black “fellow” from Berkeley said in so many words (I do not remember the exact ones) “I get angry when people say that Africa is over populated. That’s racist. The problem with Africa is not over population, but under population.

      It is characteristic of KPFA that no one else on the program countered that preposterous statement.

      • Extropico

        If they regularly need to go outside the continent for food, that is a pellucid signal from mother nature that there is overpopulation compared to sustained production from the indigenous people.

        • JohnEngelman

          I have read that the main import of sub Saharan Africa is foreign aid. The main export is people moving to white countries.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            “The main export is people moving to white countries.”

            Soon to come: PLAGUES!


      • WR_the_realist

        White do gooders are the chief cause of African overpopulation, and black Africans are the chief cause of African depopulation. So that black “fellow” from Berkeley should be delighted with white people.

      • Irishgirl

        I don’t mean to be dense, but what did that “fellow” mean? I honestly don’t understand.

        • JohnEngelman

          The “fellow” meant that there are not nearly enough blacks in Africa.

          • Irishgirl

            Wow. Just wow.

  • dd121

    It’s all a lie unless you read next month a story that says a 100,000 of them died because they didn’t eat for a month. It’s all propaganda and lies. It isn’t going to happen.

  • I wonder if any of these aid groups are pretending to be mystified at this. Let’s see: South Sudan is in Africa. The place is full of Africans, and – suprise! – the locals behave like Africans.

    • MBlanc46

      I’m sure they’re quite befuddled by it. After all, people who are involved in a murderous civil war would never do such a thing.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Humanitarian aid groups blame Africa’s failures on European colonialism and the slave trade, just like they always do. Anything Africans do wrong is always 100% the fault of Europeans 100% of the time. These liberals would sooner jump from an aircraft in flight without a parachute before admitting that black biological and intellectual inferiority is the chief cause of African underdevelopment.

      • My understanding is that the old “colonialism” the Sudan experienced was at the hands of Egyptian Arabs, rather than European whites, with the British reluctantly looking on.

    • M.

      It’s those big-hearted gullible Westerners who gave their money that I pity the most.

  • MBlanc46

    Sounds like a flash mob.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    As long as they’re not mass immigrating to any western countries, I couldn’t care less about Africans or what they do in their own countries. They also shouldn’t receive anything from the west, with the exception of free condoms and free abortions on demand.


    Some of the looters were playing feetsball on Sunday last